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Old 02-05-2007, 06:17 PM   #1  
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Default Putting together a new home theater system - I have a couple of questions

I'm going to most likey go with:

Pioneer 50" Plasma PDP-5070HD


That being said I need help with A/V and Surround Speakers (4wall/1center/Bass)

I have about 3K to spend on the A/V and Speakers... could you guys help me put together something great .... I've been looking at Denon and Boston Acoustics but not sure if thats where I should go?

Thanks!!
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Old 02-05-2007, 09:14 PM   #2  
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I'm going to most likey go with:

Pioneer 50" Plasma PDP-5070HD


That being said I need help with A/V and Surround Speakers (4wall/1center/Bass)

I have about 3K to spend on the A/V and Speakers... could you guys help me put together something great .... I've been looking at Denon and Boston Acoustics but not sure if thats where I should go?

Thanks!!
Why are you going to buy a TV format that fades over time and gets screen burn in? Go DLP or LCD.

Go Denon, Yamaha, or Onkyo and Definitive speakers.

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Old 02-05-2007, 09:41 PM   #3  
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Why are you going to buy a TV format that fades over time and gets screen burn in? Go DLP or LCD.
Terrible advice, imo. Plasmas offer a beautiful picture and his seventh-gen Pioneer should have no issues with burn-in.

OP - you've chosen a great display. Don't let naysayers sway your decision - plasma rules and Pioneer's the best. You won't be sorry.
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Old 02-06-2007, 03:20 PM   #4  
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Terrible advice, imo. Plasmas offer a beautiful picture and his seventh-gen Pioneer should have no issues with burn-in.

OP - you've chosen a great display. Don't let naysayers sway your decision - plasma rules and Pioneer's the best. You won't be sorry.
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What about plasm fading? They have not solved that problem.
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I agree that the Pioneer 50" plasma is one of the best, as far as the rest goes well I would look at it this way.......

Spend the majority of the budget on your "major components" first, what I mean about that is this. Certain components are easily upgraded at a later date, others are not (these are "usual case scenario")

<TV> Once you hang your flat panel tv on the wall, you probably don't want to mess with it much after that, so this component should be the best you can afford, hang something good there and then leave it alone.

<AV receiver> Buy a good video switching receiver that upconverts through the best monitor output (component, HDMI) and then leave it alone, it will probably be buried under several other pieces of electronics or within a cabinet pushed up against a wall and hard to change at a later date (I personally like Denon but there are other good brands as well)

<DVD player, VCR, sat box, DVR, XBOX 360, PS3 etc.> These will usually also be piled inside of a cabinet and hard to change out at a later date too, but these won't be as hard to change out as the above components will be.

That pretty much leaves surround speakers & sub, here is an area that if you have to cut corners and get a theater in a box type system, it won't kill you to do so. I have actually heard some decent sounding systems that came this way, I think it is MUCH easier to change speakers later than just about anything else (unless of course you are going in-wall or in-ceiling speakers then that is a little different)

The above comments are just my humble opinion of course, and your mileage may vary. Most importantly just use some good old common sense and try to think as forward as possible.
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What about plasm fading? They have not solved that problem.
Uh... I don't know if you're aware of this, but they're rating plasmas at around 60,000 hours now. With normal viewing habbits that's around 13-16 years. How often to you buy a new TV? I'm willing to bet it's more often than once every 10 years (I know it is for me.) There are issues with both of the technologies you're touting - DLP has "rainbow" issues with many displays and LCDs still haven't caught up when it comes to response times (not to mention picture quality, color saturation, black levels, etc.) All of the technologies have trade-offs, but in my (and many others') opinion, plasma offers the best PQ at the larger sizes (with the exception of front projectors, of course.)

The OP seems to like what plasma offers, so why try to steer him towards something else?
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What about plasm fading? They have not solved that problem.
LCDs have the same life span as Plasma. The projection DLP and rear LCDs will cost as much to fix as to buy a new one. Check the cost of a color wheel, light engine,bulb. with in three years chances are you will know. I have 2 Samsungs and a Toshiba sitting in the back from customers I replaced with plasmas. Any one need a broken DLP? All Three are with in 3 years old. The half life of the Pioneer plasma is 65000 hous. Thats 8 hours a day for over 20 years. You will replace your TV with the next technology long before it starts to fade.

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Guys I appreciate the debate over the Plasma - LCD ... Im pretty much sold on the Plasma

I think I've made my mind up on a Denon A/V

So that leaves me with Speakers ... roughly $2K to spend.....what should I get?

Like I said ... I want 4 wall speakers , one center, and a bass speaker

I dont have to spend $2K, but I could

Thanks for yalls help,
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Here is a brand I love, just too expensive for me (until the kids are outta Catholic School and college anyway). They have many different packages to offer. And they have a 30 day in home guarantee. Listen to them and love them. If not, send them back and don't pay a dime, not even for shipping. That is the only way it should be and the only way you can truly tell the performance. You home is in your home and not a speaker room. My friend has the 532HD and the sound is massive

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